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Compared to other meteorological hazards that pose threats to property and human health (e.g., floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes), heat waves rank first as the cause of human mortality. Heat waves are sporadic phenomena that occur throughout the United States. Frequency, intensity, and duration of heat waves, however, vary drastically from year to year. The Impacts page looks at the spatial distribution of heat wave-related mortality in the U.S. from 1986 to 2000. The data was obtained from the National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services and mapped in ESIG using ArcView GIS.

Heat Related Deaths By Year

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Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1986 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1987 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1988
1986 1987 1988
 
Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1989 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1990 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1991
1989 1990 1991
 
Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1992 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1993 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1994
1992 1993 1994
 
Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1995 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1996 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1997
1995* 1996 1997
 
Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1998 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 1999 Heat Related Deaths By Year: 2000
1998 1999* 2000
 
* Denotes case study years.

Total Number of Heat Related Deaths: 1986-2000

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Total Number of Heat Related Deaths: 1986-2000
1986-2000

Average Number of Heat Related Deaths Per Capita (x100,000): 1986-2000

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Average Number of Heat Related Deaths Per Capita (x100,000): 1986-2000
1986-2000

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